When hip hop producer Irv Gotti compared newcomer Nicki Minaj’s lyrical skills to Lauryn Hill, most of us gagged. Now the lone female emcee herself claims the comparisons to Hill make sense.

Minaj recently spoke to CNN who asked her about Gotti’s comments. In response, Minaj stated, “Irv has been privy to hear things that I’ve done that the world hasn’t heard.” The “Your Love” rapper continues, “Based on the music I have out now, that sounds like an absurd comment.”

But Minaj says when her debut album “Pink Friday” drops, listeners will get why Gotti made the comparison.

Umm . . . are we the least bit shocked that Minaj isn’t humbled, bashful or modest about the lofty comparison? Is Minaj’s setting an unattainable expectation for her new album?

For what we’ve seen and heard from Minaj—underground and above ground—she couldn’t be farther from Hill. A comparison to Eve would be fair, yet slightly another joke as well. There’s that possibility Minaj has plans to explore various topics regarding domestic violence, being the stand-out chick in the all boys crew with lyrical prowess. But to compare herself to L-Boogie? Somewhere Lauryn is having a hearty chuckle.

The “Young Money” artist has even received the haute stamp of approval from the vocal Kanye West. West says Minaj has the potential to be the second-greatest rapper of all time, next to Eminem.

Perhaps Gotti and West have seen a side of Minaj we’ve haven’t. Maybe she will wow us all. The rapper’s debut studio album is scheduled for release November 23.

What do you think about Nicki’s statement? Is Lauryn Hill a fair comparison? Sound off!

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